Wheelhouse Weekly – August 13th, 2019

August 13th 2019

Volume 24… Number 32… Aug. 13, 2019


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The Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific has reached a new three-year tentative agreement with the state of Alaska covering members who work for the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Contract negotiations, which came on the heels of a courageous and successful nine-day strike, were facilitated by a federal mediator.

IBU members had not received wage increases for more than five years and had been working under interim contracts since 2017.

“This new agreement addresses many of our members’ concerns,” IBU President and chief negotiator Marina Secchitano said shortly before members voted in favor of ratification.

“We are very pleased with our new tentative agreement and we appreciate the efforts of the state’s bargaining team in helping to bridge our differences to reach a fair resolution.”

“We spent a lot of long hours and late nights at the negotiating table, but it was worth it,” said the State’s Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka.

“I want Alaskans to know that both the IBU and the state made concessions and compromises to reach this win-win agreement.”

“This deal is both good for employees and good for Alaska, and that is what really matters.”

Solidarity from the Maritime Labor Alliance contributed to the successful outcome of the strike.

MM&P and MEBA members honored IBU picket lines and the MLA unions urged Alaska Gov. Michael Dunleavy to negotiate a fair contract with the IBU.

“As key personnel in maintaining the critical and first-class maritime infrastructure of Alaska, IBU members have earned the right to a fair contract,” they wrote.

“We urge you to direct your administration to negotiate in good faith with IBU workers. We pledge to work in concert to support the efforts of the IBU. A fair and reasonable contract for ferry workers will keep Alaska moving.”

The six MLA member unions are: MM&P, the American Radio Association, the IBU, the International Longshoremen’s Association, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association.

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A concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) focused on vessel emergency systems and procedures will be conducted Sept. 1-Nov. 30 by signatories to the Tokyo and Paris MOUs on Port State Control.

The signatories include: Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Fiji, Hong Kong (China), Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, the Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Thailand, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, the Russian Federation, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

According to the announcement, “A ship will be subject to one inspection under this CIC during the period of the campaign.”

The objectives of the campaign are to ensure that:

— ships are capable of responding appropriately and promptly to emergency situations in order to preserve human lives, protect the marine environment and minimize damage to ships;

— necessary measures are taken by responsible stakeholders, such as shipping companies and ship managers having a direct influence on the safety of ships and by raising their awareness of the importance of ship emergency systems;

— emergency systems installed on board can be properly operated and effectively managed in any emergency situation; and

— the master and crew of the ship understand their assigned roles and duties in case of emergency and enhance their familiarity with the situations so that they can act immediately when circumstances arise.

More information is available at

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To increase the safety of vessels and crews, several ocean carriers have announced they will start imposing penalties on shippers who are found to have “misdeclared” container cargo.

Marine accident investigators have pointed to incorrectly identified cargo as a factor in the fire in January aboard Hapag-Lloyd’s YANTIAN EXPRESS.

The company says that starting Sept. 16, it will impose a $15,000 fine for every misdeclared container it discovers.

Other companies have followed suit, announcing hazardous cargo misdeclaration fees as well as more rigorous container inspections prior to loading.

“To ensure the safety of our crew, ships and other cargo onboard, Hapag-Lloyd holds the shipper liable and responsible for all costs and consequences related to violations, fines, damages, incidents, claims and corrective measures resulting from cases of undeclared or misdeclared cargoes,” Hapag-Lloyd said in announcing the policy.

Offenders could also be subject to fines or criminal prosecution since failure to properly declare hazardous cargoes is a violation of hazardous material regulations.

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In a decision that the international labor union Nautilus says raises serious legal questions, a judge in the United Kingdom has ruled that because of a deficiency in a passage plan, shipowner CMA CGM cannot collect damages from cargo interests to cover a share of the salvage costs it incurred for an accident involving the Maltese-flagged containership CMA CGM LIBRA.

Nautilus represents British, Dutch and Swiss licensed maritime officers. MM&P and 18 other unions partner with Nautilus in the international Nautilus Federation.

In an article that appeared in the May 2019 issue of the magazine Telegraph, Nautilus outlined the details of the case as follows.

The CMA CGM LIBRA left a dredged channel and grounded on a shoal while departing Xiamen, China, in May 2011.

The ship suffered little or no damage and, after being refloated, was able to continue on its voyage to Hong Kong and Europe.

To cover a share of the $13 million general average insurance claim, CMA CGM sought funds from cargo interests, but some of them refused to pay.

They argued that the vessel was unseaworthy because the passage plan did not note the existence of a Notice to Mariners issued five months previously by the UK Hydrographic Office alerting seafarers of depths in the area of less than the charted 30 meters.

The shipowner argued that it was sufficient that the relevant Notice to Mariners was attached to or adjacent to the chart, but the judge ruled in favor of the cargo interests.

“This is an extremely interesting case, which raises many important questions about the responsibility for safe shipping operations,” said Nautilus professional and technical officer David Appleton.

“Whilst it might be seen as increasing the exposure of shipmasters and officers, it could also be interpreted as being beneficial if non-adherence to IMO resolutions is held to mean that a vessel is unseaworthy.”

To read the article in its entirety, go to:

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Military Sealift Command has recognized USNS YUKON for providing logistics services, including refueling, to four ships in the USS BOXER Amphibious Readiness Group off the coast of Southern California.

The licensed deck officers aboard fleet replenishment oiler USNS YUKON are represented by the MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group (FEMG).

The four vessels had been conducting pre-deployment exercises.

YUKON delivered 306 pallets of food, parts and equipment, as well as approximately 1,200 gallons of jet fuel and 2,100 gallons of diesel ship fuel.

Captain Dan Glazier, YUKON’s civil service master, was interviewed in an article published in the MSC publication SEALIFT.

“Providing logistics services, like the ones we did with the BOXER ARG, are exactly what this ship was designed for,” he said.

“This is a very skilled and professional crew, and we are proud that we support the Navy and their missions and deployments.”

MSC notes that logistics support enables the group to remain at sea longer as well as to receive supplies and mail.

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The Coast Guard has released the following new forms for reporting marine casualties:

— CG-2692 is for Report of Marine Casualty, Commercial Diving Casualty, or OCS-related casualty

— CG-2692A is the Barge Addendum

— CG-2692B is for Report of Mandatory Chemical Testing following a Serious Marine Incident involving Vessels in Commercial Service

— CG-2692C is the Personnel Casualty Addendum

— CG-2692D is the Involved Persons and Witnesses Addendum.

The new forms are posted at:

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Maritime authorities have issued the following advisory regarding the potential threat to ships sailing in the Strait of Hormuz, Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea and Red Sea.

Military activity and political tensions continue to pose threats to commercial vessels.

Associated with these threats is a potential for miscalculation or misidentification that could lead to aggressive actions.

Vessels operating in the region may also encounter GPS interference, bridge-to-bridge communications spoofing, and/or other communications jamming.

Since May 2019, the following maritime incidents have occurred in this region:

— Six attacks against commercial vessels;

— Shoot-down of U.S. Navy remotely piloted aircraft over international waters;

— Attempted at-sea interdiction of Isle of Man-flag MV BRITISH HERITAGE;

— Seizure of ex-Panama-flag MV RIAH;

— Seizure of U.K.-flag MV STENA IMPERO; and

— Detention and subsequent release of Liberian-flag MV MESDAR.

In at least two cases, vessels reported GPS interference. One vessel reportedly shut off its Automatic Identification System (AIS) before it was seized, complicating response efforts.

Vessels have also reported spoofed bridge-to-bridge communications from unknown entities falsely claiming to be U.S. or coalition warships.

Vessels operating in this area are advised to review security measures, ensure AIS is transmitting at all times and monitor VHF Channel 16.

To afford best protection:

— Simultaneously register with both the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Office (UKMTO) and U.S. Fifth Fleet Naval Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping (NCAGS) Watch when entering the Indian Ocean Voluntary Reporting Area by emailing them the Initial Report from Annex D of Best Management Practices to Deter Piracy and Enhance Maritime Safety in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea, posted at:

— Provide transit plans to UKMTO and U.S. Fifth Fleet NCAGS via a single email, including the time of entering/exiting the SoH Traffic Separation Scheme, an outline of the navigation plan for operating in the SoH and PG, and speed restrictions or other constraints.

— In the event of any incident or suspicious activity, call UKMTO or the U.S. Fifth Fleet Battle Watch and activate the Ship Security Alert System immediately.

— Answer all VHF calls from coalition navies.

— Use other reports included in Annex D of BMP5 as necessary, including both UKMTO and Fifth Fleet NCAGS on each of these reports.

All vessels should be aware that U.S. and other coalition naval forces may conduct maritime awareness calls, queries and approaches to ensure the safety of vessels.

If a U.S.-flag commercial vessel suspects it is being hailed from a source falsely claiming to be a U.S. or coalition naval vessel, the U.S. Fifth Fleet Battle Watch should be immediately informed.

If hailed by Iranian forces, vessels should provide ship name, flag state and affirm that they are proceeding in accordance with international law as reflected in the Law of the Sea Convention.

The master should immediately inform the U.S. Fifth Fleet Battle Watch.

If Iranian forces seek to board, the master should, if the safety of the ship and crew would not be compromised, decline permission to board, noting that the vessel is proceeding in accordance with international law, and immediately inform U.S. Fifth Fleet Battle Watch.

If Iranian forces board a U.S. vessel, it should immediately contact U.S. Fifth Fleet Battle Watch.

The crew should not forcibly resist the boarding party.

Vessels are advised to establish contact with both UKMTO and U.S. Fifth Fleet NCAGS Watch, and to include both on all update or incident report emails, as detailed above.

Fifth Fleet Battle Watch: + 973-1785-3879, and email details to: CUSNC.BWC@ME.NAVY.MIL.

Fifth Fleet NCAGS: CUSNC.NCAGS_BW@ME.NAVY.MIL or +973-3904-9583 or +973-1785-0084.

UKMTO: or +44 (0) 2392 222060.

U.S. Coast Guard: Per 33 CFR 101.305, all suspicious activities, breaches of security and transportation security incident events must also be reported to the U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center at +1-800-424-8802.

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The International Transport Workers Federation is calling on the Sri Lankan government to immediately release Captain Gennadiy Gavrylov, a Ukrainian mariner who has been prevented from leaving Sri Lanka since being arrested in June 2016.

His ship, the Sri Lankan-flagged AVANT GARDE, was engaged in piracy prevention and had firearms and ammunition stores on board when it was seized by local authorities and forced to enter Sri Lankan waters in October 2015.

Gavrylov was subsequently arrested for illegally importing arms.

“For over three years, Gennadiy Gavrylov has been stranded in Sri Lanka, desperate to go home, while Sri Lankan authorities refuse to grant him permission to leave the country,” said ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton.

“He is a victim of criminalization, and his continued detention is nothing short of a severe breach of his human rights.”

“No seafarer, no family, should have to go through the experience that Gennadiy is going through. Over the past three years of detention, he has been restricted from contacting his family, prevented from leaving Sri Lanka and prevented from earning a living.”

“His health is suffering, he desperately needs life-saving heart surgery, and his family is left languishing without his wage to support them,” Cotton said.

He noted that international law is clear on the rights of individuals subject to detention by the authorities: if a person is arrested or detained on a criminal charge, he or she should be permitted to stand trial or be released within a reasonable time.

“Taking into account the circumstances surrounding Captain Gavrylov’s arrest, and taking into consideration his current ill health and the length of time he has already spent in detention without charge, we implore the Sri Lankan government to intervene and allow Captain Gavrylov to go home,” he added.

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All MM&P members and their families are eligible for the benefits offered by Union Plus.

Union Plus is a non-profit created by the AFL-CIO exclusively to provide services to union families.

Here are a just a few of the benefits you can access when you go to

Union Plus Credit Card Program: Several credit card choices are available, all at competitive rates. After three months, you may be eligible for a hardship assistance grant in times of need. To find out more, visit

Union Plus Wireless Discount Program: Save on the monthly service charge for qualified wireless plans through Union Plus. AT&T is the only nationwide unionized wireless carrier. Visit to download your coupon and find local stores (use discount code 3508840).

Union Plus Mortgage Program: The AFL-CIO and Union Plus have created a union-owned mortgage company for active and retired union members, their parents and children.

Besides competitive rates, the Union Plus Mortgage Company offers: hardship mortgage assistance in the event of income loss due to disability, unemployment, strike or lockout; easy online application; unionized loan officers to assist you on the phone.

Call 1-855-UNION-53 to speak with a union loan officer or go to

Union Plus Car & Truck Savings: save on car rentals (with Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, Payless and Thrifty), auto insurance, emergency roadside assistance and on the purchase of new and used cars. Visit

Union Plus Everyday Discounts: book travel, access discounts on move tickets, shopping, restaurants, theme parks (including Disney), concerts, theaters and sporting events. Go to

Union Plus Free College Program: earn an associate degree completely online—for free! Take advantage of this accessible, debt-free and convenient higher education opportunity for union members and their families. Go to

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You want to do all you can to build the best life for your loved ones. That’s why you work hard, save what you can and try your best to plan for the future.

But it can be hard to accomplish everything you want and take care of the things you know you should do.

MM&P, through MetLife, is now offering you the opportunity to apply for Optional Life Insurance.

Starting Oct. 1, all MM&P members and employees will have a limited-time opportunity to apply for coverage with simplified enrollment.

Note: MM&P does not receive financial compensation either for making this plan available or in the event you choose to purchase Optional Life Insurance through this plan.

The program goes live on Oct. 1. The enrollment period is Oct. 1-Dec. 31, 2019.

So be on the lookout for mail from MetLife!

You will see that extra life insurance coverage under the MetLife plan can be VERY affordable.

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The MM&P union halls, the MM&P Plan Office, the MM&P Federal Credit Union and MM&P headquarters will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2, for Labor Day.

MITAGS is interested in receiving photo submissions from MM&P members for use on the official MITAGS social media platforms.

The goal is to document members’ voyages and promote the maritime industry. As suggestions, photos can be of events and sights onboard, crewmembers at work or scenic locations.

If you are interested in sharing photos, please send them with caption information to MITAGS Marketing Manager Lindsay Moran, at

Be sure to tell us whether you would like to be credited for the photo.

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MITAGS is interested in receiving photo submissions from MM&P members for use on the official MITAGS social media platforms.

The goal is to document members’ voyages and promote the maritime industry. As suggestions, photos can be of events and sights onboard, crewmembers at work or scenic locations.

If you are interested in sharing photos, please send them with caption information to MITAGS Marketing Manager Lindsay Moran, at

Be sure to tell us whether you would like to be credited for the photo.

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MITAGS needs your current address! Have you moved recently? Did you remember to send MITAGS your new address for communications regarding courses? Please send your current contact information to or to the fax number below. New dedicated fax line for Admissions only: 1-443-568-1928. For all other MITAGS business, please continue to use: 410-859-5181.

For class availability or information on MITAGS courses and programs, contact Amanda Meadows, Admissions Coordinator, toll-free at 866-656-5568 or by e-mail:

Why not try our on-line calendar to register for class:

For Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) processing, MMC problem resolution advice, STCW compliance and VA GI-Bill questions, contact MITAGS-PMI Student/Instructional Services Manager Jennifer Pitzen at 206-739-0720 (direct line); (888) 893-7829 (toll free); or by e-mail:

Please include your Mariner Reference Number, date of birth and the last four digits of your social security number in all emails.

Classes are 5-day unless otherwise noted

Class dates followed by an * are full

AB – Able Seaman – 9/9/19

AIS-1 – Automatic Identifications Systems Orientation (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

ARPA-OIC (4-Day) – Automated Radar Plotting Aids: 9/24/19, 1/14/20

AZIPOD (2-Day) – 9/30/19

BRM-35 – Bridge Resource Management: 10/28/19

BRMP –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots (2-Day): 9/30/19, 1/15/20, 3/9/20, 3/31/20, 4/30/20, 5/18/20

BRMP-EMR –Bridge Resource Management for Pilots with Emergency Shiphandling – (Now also included in BRMP-Refresher) (3-Day): 10/2/19

BRMP-Refresher (Now including Emergency Shiphandling for Pilots) (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

BT – Basic Safety Training: 8/12/19, 10/14/19

BT-Revalidation (2-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – 8/26/19, 9/25/19, 10/30/19, 12/17/19

BT-Refresher (3-day) – 9/25/19, 12/16/19

CHS-OIC – Cargo Handling Basic: 10/21/19

[CMM – Chief Mate and Master Courses]

ADVSTB-CMM – Advanced Stability: 9/23/19, 12/16/19

ADVWX-CMM – Advanced Meteorology: 9/30/19, 12/9/19

CHS-CMM – Advanced Cargo Operations (10 Days): 10/7/19

CM-OPS 1 – Chief Mate Operations – Week 1: 12/2/19

CM-OPS 2 Maersk – Chief Mate Operations II Maersk Specific: 12/9/18

CM-OPS 2 APL – Chief Mate Operations II APL Specific – 9/3/19*, 12/2/19*

ECDIS – Electronic Chart Display Information Systems: 9/9/19, 12/2/19

LMS – Leadership and Managerial Skills (Management Level – Formerly MCL-CMM): 8/19/19, 12/16/19

MPP-CMM – Marine Propulsion Plants: 11/4/19, 1/13/20 (DCS-1 available on request – contact Admissions)

SEC-APPS – Practical Defense Tactics: Not Currently Scheduled

SHMGT-CMM- Ship Management: 10/28/19, 1/6/20

SHS-ADV-I-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 1): 9/9/19, 9/30/19, 10/14/19, 11/4/19, 12/2/19, 1/13/20, 2/10/20, 3/2/20, 3/16/20, 4/13/20, 4/27/20, 6/1/20, 6/15/20

SHS-ADV-II-CMM – Advanced Shiphandling (week 2): 8/19/19, 9/16/19*, 10/7/19, 10/21/19, 11/11/19*, 12/9/19, 1/20/20, 2/17/20, 3/9/20, 3/23/20, 4/20/20, 5/4/20, 6/8/20, 6/22/20

**SHS-ADV-I & II are now approved to include SAR-CMM assessments at MITAGS**

VPEN-CMM – Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation: 10/21/19

WKP-CMM – Advanced Watchkeeping: 9/16/19

WX-HW-ATL – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Atlantic Ocean (2-day) – 9/23/19

WX-HW-IND – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Indian Ocean (2-day) – 9/27/19

WX-HW-PAC – Heavy Weather Avoidance Routing: Pacific Ocean (2-day) – 9/25/19

CIW-DPA/IA – Continual Improvement Workshop: Designated Person Ashore & Internal Auditor (3-Day) ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** –11/12/19

CIW-SMS – Continual Improvement Workshop: Successful Safety Management (2-Day) –10/15/19

CNAV-OIC (15-Day) – Celestial Navigation: 11/4/19

CRISIS-COMMS – Crisis Communications (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

CRSMGT – Crisis Management and Human Behavior (1-Day) – Not currently scheduled

CDMGT – Crowd Management (1-Day) – Not currently scheduled

CSE – Confined Space Entry (3-Day): Not currently scheduled

CSE-AWR – Confined Space Entry Awareness (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

CY-MAR – Cyber-Skilled Mariner ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** – Not currently scheduled

DDE – Great Lakes (20-Day): 2/3/20

ECDIS for Pilots (2-Day) – 11/21/19

ERM – Engine Resource Management: 12/9/19

FF-ADV – Advanced Fire-Fighting (4-day) – 1/13/20

FF-BADV – Fire Fighting Combined Basic & Advanced: 10/14/19

FF-ADV-Rev (1-day) (Must have 1 year of sea service in last 5 years) – Advanced Fire Fighting Revalidation: 8/28/19, 9/24/19, 10/29/19, 12/19/19

FF-ADV-REF (2-day) – Advanced Fire Fighting Refresher: 9/28/19, 12/14/19

FSM – Fatigue, Sleep, & Medications (1-Day): 9/17/19

GL-Pilot – Great Lakes Pilotage Familiarization (2-Day): Not currently scheduled

GMDSS – Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (10-Day): Not currently scheduled

HAZ – Hazardous Materials (5 day): 8/26/19, 11/18/19

IEN – Integrated Electronic Navigation (3-Day) – Not currently scheduled

LAP – License Advancement Program for Mate to Master (20-Day): 10/21/19*, 1/6/2020

LAP-Great Lakes – License Advancement Program – Great Lakes (15-Day): 3/9/20

LAP-ORG3rd – License Advancement Program for Original 3rd Mate, Oceans, Any Gross
Ton License (15-Day): Not currently scheduled

LEG – Legal Aspects of Pilotage (1-Day): 9/18/19

LNG-TPIC (10-Day) – Not currently scheduled

LTS –Leadership and Teamworking Skills (Formerly MCL-OIC) (1-Day): 9/23/19

MEECE – Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment (Assessments not included): 12/2/19

MED-PIC – Medical Person in Charge (10-Day): 9/30/19*, 12/2/19*, 1/20/20, 3/16/20, 5/4/20

MED-PIC-REF– Medical Person in Charge Refresher: 8/19/19, 10/21/19, 1/6/20, 3/9/20, 6/22/20

MED-PRO – Medical Care Provider: 9/30/19*, 11/18/19, 1/20/20, 3/16/20, 4/13/20, 5/4/20

MED-DOT-DA – Dept. of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Testing (1-Day): 8/29/19, 9/23/19, 10/5/19, 10/28/19, 12/7/19, 12/20/19, 1/11/20, 1/25/20, 2/7/20, 3/21/20, 3/31/20, 5/1/20, 5/9/20, 6/18/20

[MSC – Military Sealift Command Courses]

MSC-CBRD-1 – Military Sealift Command Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Orientation (Basic) (1-Day): 9/12/19 (evening), 11/1/19 (evening)

MSC-DC – Military Sealift Command Damage Control (2-day): 9/12/19, 11/1/19

MSC-ENVPRO (1-Day) – 11/3/19

MSC-FF-HELO (2-Day) – 10/30/19

MSC-SMA – Military Sealift Command Small Arms Qualifications (4-Day): 9/16/19, 11/4/19, 1/6/20, 2/24/20, 5/11/20, 6/7/20 (2020 dates may shift based on gun range availability)

MSC-Security Watch Basic (1-Day) – 9/14/19, 11/4/19 (evening)

MSC-Security Watch Advanced (1-Day) – 9/15/19, 11/8/19, 1/5/20, 2/22/20, 5/15/20, 6/5/20 (2020 dates may shift based on gun range availability)

MSC-Ship’s Reaction Force (3-Day) – 9/20/19, 11/9/19, 1/10/20, 2/28/20, 5/16/20, 6/11/20 (2020 dates may shift based on gun range availability)

NDMS-ENAV – Navigational Decision Making Series – Best Practice in eNav (3-Day) – 11/18/19

NSAP-MMP – Navigational Skills Assessment Program-MM&P (2-Day) – 8/26/19*, 8/28/19*, 11/18/19, 11/20/19, 12/16/19, 12/18/19, 1/13/20, 3/16/20, 4/9/20, 6/22/20, 6/24/20

RFPNW – Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (3-day) – Not currently scheduled

ROR-1 – Radar Observer Renewal (1-Day): 9/23/19, 1/13/20

ROR-1N – Radar Observer Renewal Evening Classes (1-Night): 8/28/19, 9/17/19, 10/2/19, 10/16/19, 10/30/19, 11/6/19, 11/13/19, 12/4/19, 12/18/19

ROU-OIC – Radar Observer Program – Unlimited: 1/6/20

SAR – Search & Rescue – (Now with OIC and CMM assessments) (3-Day): 12/2/19

SHS-BAS-OIC – Basic Shiphandling: 8/26/19, 10/28/19

SHS-EMR5 – Emergency Shiphandling (5 Day) – 9/23/19*, 11/18/19, 12/16/19*, 1/27/20, 3/30/20, 5/4/20

STB-OIC – Ship Construction and Basic Stability: Not currently scheduled

TCNAV/CO – Terrestrial Navigation and Compasses (15-Day): Not currently scheduled

TPIC – Tankerman Person in Charge: 1/6/20, 5/11/20

TRAC-TUG-2 (2-Day): Contact Admissions

TTT – ** This course is NOT covered by the MATES Program ** Not currently scheduled

VPDSD – Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (1-Day): Not currently scheduled

VSO – Vessel Security Officer (3-Day): 9/4/19

WKP-OIC – Watchkeeping (Operational Level) (10-Day): 10/7/19

WX-OIC –Meteorology (Operational Level): 9/16/19

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For registration, contact our admissions department: 206.441.2880 or

Please also see our schedule and enroll online at

August 2019
14th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
12-30 License Preparation (Mate Level)

September 2019
4th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
5-6 Basic Training Revalidation
6th Vessel Personnel w/ Designated Security Duties (VPDSD)
9th Radar Renewal
9-13 Basic Training
9-13 Marine Propulsion Plants
16-19 Advanced Firefighting
16-20 Ship/Shipboard Management
23-27 Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation
30-1 ECDIS
30-1 Leadership & Managerial Skills

October 2019
2nd Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
3-4 Basic Training Revalidation
7-11 Engine Resource Management
7-11 Basic Training
7-11 Advanced Shiphandling I
8th Radar Renewal
14-18 Management of Electrical & Electronic Control Equipment (MEECE)
14-18 Advanced Shiphandling II
15-18 Advanced Firefighting
18th Medical DOT
21-25 Advanced Meteorology
21-25 Ship Construction & Basic Stability
28-1 Advanced Stability
28-15 Celestial Navigation

November 2019
4-8 Advanced Cargo Operations
4-15 Basic Training
12th Radar Renewal
13th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
14-15 Basic Training Revalidation
18-19 Advanced Firefighting Refresher
18-20 Security Officer – Vessel, Company, & Facility
18-22 Radar Observer Unlimited
18-22 Advanced Watchkeeping
25-27 Search & Rescue

December 2019
2-6 Leadership & Managerial Skills
2-20 License Preparation (Mate Level)
3-6 Advanced Firefighting
9-12 ARPA
9-13 Basic Training
13th Radar Renewal
16th Advanced Firefighting Revalidation
17-18 Basic Training Revalidation

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